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OMG2012 Cancer Summit For Young Adults

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Jennifer Derilo via Crowdrise
February 20, 2012

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BENEFITING: STUPID CANCER

ORGANIZER: STUPID CANCER

EVENT DATE: Mar 30, 2012

Jennifer Derilo

THE STORY:

70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's one every eight minutes. Cancer is now the #1 life-threatening disease among young adults.
 

THIS IS NOT OKAY.

I was part of that demographic on April 27, 2010 when I was diagnosed with Stage 2b Hodgkin's lymphoma. I was 32.

I first experienced symptoms when I still had a job and health insurance in the summer of 2009. My doctor at the time misdiagnosed me and suggested that I was developing adult-onset allergies. I was laid off in September 2009 and lost my insurance in December 2009.

I was denied emergency Medi-Cal because my cancer wasn't stage 4 or metastatic. After blowing through my savings to pay out-of-pocket expenses just to get diagnosed, I could finally prove that I needed emergency medical coverage (i.e. not insurance) through San Diego County. Only then was I able to get staged and begin chemo treatments. 

I finished 6 cycles of ABVD chemotherapy in January 2011. I have been in remission since February 2011. I am now 34.

If you can believe it, I disovered two big truths:

  • Facing cancer without health insurance was scarier than the diagnosis.
  • Moving into surviviorship has been more difficult than the treatments. 
     

CELEBRATE LIFE, LOVE, COMMUNITY.

Before I discovered the "I'm Too Young For This!" Cancer Foundation, my initiation into this unknown territory, especially as a young adult, felt lonely. Even though I had a support system of caregivers and friends to carry me, the business of having cancer is quite solitary. 

Survivorship as a young adult has its own unique challenges and, initially, left me feeling lonelier and even more misunderstood.

The "I'm Too Young For This!" Cancer Foundation connected me with other people who "got it". The bonding that happens with like-minded survivors and thrivers is unparalled. I wouldn't have found them without the monthly Stupid Cancer happy hour event with the local San Diego chapter or the annual OMG! Cancer Summit.


The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. Now in it's 5th year, it has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, cargivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to get organized, build community and unite as one to drive change.

RAISE AWARENESS WITH ME. 

Join our team and support efforts to ensure that young adult survivors, like myself, get the chance to attend this event and participate in a life-affirming weekend of support, education, community, and hope.

Thank you for reading and spreading the word. 

 

NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO FACE CANCER ALONE.

$3,066

MONEY RAISED
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  • Glenn Agoncillo

    $50

  • BootyBassment

    $810

  • Divina Garcia

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Marisa Fischetti

    $50

  • Booty Bassment Bake Sale & Raffle

    $440

  • Shannon Lacy

    $100

  • Amanda Coutts

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $26

  • Mae

    $30

  • Lisa

    $30

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mama

    $100

  • Danica Stone

    $26

  • Elisa

    $30

  • Lesley Stampleman

    $30

  • Derilo-Brown Family

    $50

  • Julie @ Nelson Photo

    $10

  • Cecelia

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Kenji Liu

    $15

  • Donna Miscolta

    $15

  • Mosi Secret

    $40

  • Gina Barnard

    $15

  • Arlene Carcabuso

     

  • El

    $15

  • Samuel Stothers

    $50

  • Carol & Will Aquino

    $127

  • Amy Glidewell

    $30

  • Melissa R

    $30

  • duffy

    $100

  • Jeryd Derilo

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jen's brach Sharona

    $26

  • ST

    $50

  • Rachelle Cruz

    $20

  • Father

    $50

  • Kirin, Your Lover

    $26

  • Mike P

    $26

  • Olivier

    $26

  • J G Smith

    $50

  • Charles Whitaker

    $50

  • Mel Hilario and Sam Sattin

    $30

  • Robert Abad

    $121

  • N.V.

    $26

  • Liezl

    $40

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102% Raised of $3,000 Goal

The Team: $113,506 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Brian Anderson

Amount Raised

$8,830

 

442% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

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Amount Raised

$8,485

Fundraiser Title

Gary Vadhse

Amount Raised

$7,550

 

378% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

christina radzilowicz

Amount Raised

$6,625

 

110% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Gammons

Amount Raised

$5,010

 

100% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Alexandra Longo

Amount Raised

$5,000

 

50% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Derilo

Amount Raised

$3,066

 

102% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Burkybile

Amount Raised

$2,976

 

93% Raised of $3,200 Goal

Donor Comments

Liezl

Liezl

DONATION: $40

6 years ago

N.V.

N.V.

DONATION: $26

Love you, dearly. (In memory of Marta and Elizabeth.) 6 years ago

Robert Abad

Robert Abad

DONATION: $121

6 years ago

Mel Hilario and Sam Sattin

Mel Hilario and Sam Sattin

DONATION: $30

in memory of Karen Sattin and Marlene Brody 6 years ago

Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

J G Smith

J G Smith

DONATION: $50

For my JenJen 6 years ago

Olivier

Olivier

DONATION: $26

6 years ago

Mike P

Mike P

DONATION: $26

6 years ago

Kirin, Your Lover

Kirin, Your Lover

DONATION: $26

Rock it, Sister. 6 years ago

Father

Father

DONATION: $50

6 years ago